Prince Harry to talk at the Durban AIDS Conference

Today, Prince Harry took an HIV test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, to show how easy it is to get tested. The visit came as part of Prince Harry’s on going efforts to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in the UK and around the world; in particular the damaging effects of stigma.

The next stop will be the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban on Thursday 21st July, where Prince Harry will represent his charity Sentebale to discuss the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth. With remarks from co-founding patron of Sentebale Prince Seeiso, Prince Harry, Sir Elton John and a panel of young advocates will describe what is and what is not working for the HIV response among young people, and what needs to change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV.

The International AIDS Conference first convened during the peak of the epidemic in 1985, the largest conference on any global health or development issues in the world. Returning to Durban for a second time since 2000 underscoring the magnitude of the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference continues to provide a unique forum for stakeholders to discuss where we are in the fight against AIDS, what we have learned, and how we move forward. Around 30,000 scientists, activists, policymakers and advocates working on HIV/AIDS will attend.

During the conference, Sentebale will also present the charity’s model of psychosocial support for adolescents living with HIV, which has grown exponentially over recent years in Lesotho and is now being rolled out in Botswana. The session will detail Sentebale’s residential camps, monthly Saturday clubs held across all ten districts of the country, along with caregiver days aimed at educating families and communities about how to support young people in their care with HIV. The below video shows how Sentebale makes a difference to young peoples’ lives:

The conference follows on from the Sentebale Concert held on the 28th June at Kensington Palace, London, headlined by Coldplay to raise funds and awareness of the challenges faced by adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

You can see the coverage of our special session with at the Durban AIDS Conference on Thursday 21st July by using the following links: http://www.aids2016.org/The-Conference-Online  or http://crowd360.org/aids2016/.

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